Janmashtami is an important Hindu festival which is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion in India. It is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The festival is celebrated on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Shravana or Bhadrapada (August-September) according to the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated with great pomp and show in Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, and in Vrindavan, the place where he spent his childhood.
On this day, people observe a fast, perform special poojas and offer prayers to Lord Krishna. Temples are decorated with flowers, lights and other decorations. People dress up in traditional attire and visit temples to offer prayers. Devotees sing bhajans and kirtans in praise of Lord Krishna.
The highlight of the celebrations is the ‘Dahi Handi’ ritual where a pot of curd is suspended from a high rope and a group of young men form a human pyramid to break it. This is done to commemorate the story of Lord Krishna stealing butter from the houses of Vrindavan.
Janmashtami is also celebrated with great enthusiasm in other parts of India, with people coming together to share the joy and happiness of the occasion. Sweets and snacks are prepared and distributed among friends and family.
The festival of Janmashtami marks the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna and is a symbol of hope and joy. It is an occasion to remember the divine love and compassion of Lord Krishna and to seek his blessings.